Archive for the ‘heart-softeners’ Category

• the • she-camel • given • in • charity •

April 14, 2009

A sister sent me this story transcribed from one of Dr. Saleh As-Saleh’s lectures:
The Shaykh began:

“Do you want hear this real story which took place here about a hundred years ago. (In Saudi) Tayib. This is real! This is real!”

He continued: “Bismilaahi Rahmaani Raheem. This story took place here about hundred years ago and it was also broadcasted on the radio stations. It is about a man call Ibn Jad’aan. He (Ibn Jad’aan) said how during Spring times he used to go out. He would see good and healthy fat camels and their udders filled to the extent of almost exploding. Whenever the little offspring (i.e. the calf) came close to the mother camel, her milk would pour forth because of the great abundance of blessings and abundance of goodness.

So I (Ibn Jad’aan) looked at one of my she camels with her calf and I remembered my poor neighbour who had seven young daughters. So I said to myself, by Allah I will give this camel and her calf as Sadaqah (charity) to my neighbour – and he recited the Ayah where Allah said in (Surah Al-imraan: 92):

“By no means Shall you Attain piety righteousness unless you spend in Allah’s cause of which that you love”

And the most beloved from amongst my cattle, to me, is this she-camel. So I took her along with her calf and knocked on the door of my neighbour. I told him to accept it as a gift from me. I saw his face glooming with happiness and he was unable to utter anything in response.

So he benefitted from its milk and used to load wood on its back, awaiting for its offspring to grow up in order to sell them. Subsequently, he gained great good from this camel.

After the spring had passed, the dry summer came with its drought, and so the Bedouins began looking for water and grass.. We gathered our belongings and left our places looking for water and the duhool (plural of duhul) or ‘holes’ in the earth, situated underground leading to water traps underneath the ground. Their openings are on top of the ground, as the Bedouins know of very well.

I (i.e. Ibn Jad’aan) entered into one of these holes so as to bring some water to drink…

Dr Saleh continued: “and his (Ibn Jad’aan’s) three sons were waiting for him outside the hole. However he did not return. His three sons waited for him for one, two and three days and finally became hopeless.

They said maybe he was stung by a snake and died or he was lost under the earth and destroyed. They (and we seek refuge in Allah from this) waited for his destruction. Why? Due to greed in order to distribute his inheritance.

So they returned home and divided what he had left, amongst themselves. Then they remembered that their father (Ibn Jad’aan) gave a she-camel to their poor neighbour. They went to their neighbour and told him that it is better that he give them back the she-camel and take another camel in replace of it, otherwise they will take it by force and he will be left with nothing.

The neighbour complained that he would report them to their father. So they informed him that he had died. He inquired as to how and where Ibn Jad’aan had died, and why they hadn’t told him. They then explained how he entered into one of these holes underground in the desert and did not come out.

The neighbour said: ” By Allah take me to this place and take your she-camel and do whatever you do with it and I don’t want your camel in return!”

They took him and when he saw the place, he went and brought a rope, lit a candle, tied it outside the duhul (the hole) and then stepped into it crawling on his back until he reached the places whereby he could crawl and roll. Eventually the smell of moisture became closer and then all of sudden he heard the sound of a man by the water groaning and moaning.

He went closer and closer towards this sound in the darkness putting his hand out all over until his hand fell onto the man (Ibn Jad’aan). He checked his breath and he was still breathing after one week! He pulled him out covering his eyes so as to protect him from the sunlight. He took with him some dates, moistened them in water and gave it to him to drink.

He then carried him on his back and took him to his house and life gradually return to this man whilst his sons didn’t know. He then asked him: “Tell me, by Allah, one week while you were underground and you didn’t die?!”

“I will tell you something strange…” Ibn Jidaan explained: “…when I went down there I got lost and waves took me from all directions and I said to myself I’d better stay close to this water that I have reached. So I started to drink from it, but hunger had no mercy and water does not suffice. Then after three days hunger intensified on me and took me from all parts. While I was lying on my back I surrendered myself to Allah and put all my affairs in his hands and all of the sudden I felt the warmth of milk pouring onto my mouth. So I sat in the midst of the darkness and I saw a pot coming closer to my mouth. I drank from it until I took from what is sufficient and then it would go! This occurred three times in the day but the last two days it stopped and I didn’t know what happened.”

His neighbour then informed him:

“If you know the reason you will be amazed! Your sons thought you had died and they came to me and took away the she-camel which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’Aala) was giving you from its milk!”

The Muslim is in the shade of his Sadaqah (Charity). Allah stated in (Surah At-Talaaq: 2,3): “…and whoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to him, he will make a way for him to get out (from every difficult)” and “…and he will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And who ever puts his trust in Allah, then he will suffice him”.


• abu • bakr’s • preparation • for • the • journey •

February 8, 2009

i took this from volume one of ‘hayaatus-sahaabah’.. absolutely beautiful

The preparation of Abu Bakr for the journey [to Madinah]

Aishah [raadi Allahu ‘anha] narrated, “The Messenger of Allah [salallahu alayhi wa sallam] used to visit the house of Abu Bakr [raadi Allahu ‘anhu] daily twice- once in the morning and once in the evening- regularly, without any break. on the day when the Messenger of Allah was permitted by Allah to migrate from Mecca, he came at noon. At such an hour he never visited us. When Abu Bakr saw him he said, ‘The Messenger of Allah has come here at this time due to a certain very urgent need.’ When he entered the house, Abu Bakr moved a little to give him the place to sit on the cot. None, except me and my sister Asmaa were present at that time over there. The Messenger of Allah asked, ‘Ask these persons present here to go out for a while.’ Abu Bakr said, ‘These are my two daughters. May my parents be sacrificed for you, what is the matter?’ He said, ‘Allah has permitted me to leave [this place i.e. Mecca] and migrate.’

Hearing that Abu Bakr asked, ‘What about my company [with you]?’ He said, ‘The company as well has been allowed’. By Allah, I didn’t know before that time that people also weep out of joy. I realised that only when I saw Abu Bakr weeping [out of joy].

Then he requested, ‘O Prophet of Allah, these are the two she-camels who have been prepared only for this purpose.’ Afterwards, they hired Abdullah ibn Arqad, a man belonging to Bani Du’il ibn Bakr tribe, who was an idolater, to show the way [to Madinah]. Abu Bakr gave him the two she-camels with the promise that he will tend them until the time they called him to accompany them.’ *

The hadith of Asmaa bint Abi Bakr [raadi Allahu ‘anha] adds:

“Abu Bakr said, ‘I have two she-camels which have been tended by me for such and such time, only in wait for this moment. [Please] take any one of them,’ The Messenger of Allah said, ‘O Abu Bakr, I want to buy her [i.e. the she-camel]’ Abu Bakr, ‘May my parents be sacrificed for you, if you want so, then purchase her.’ Then we prepared for them meals for the journey. Afterwards I divided my belt into two pieces and tied the tiffin carrier with that. Then they left and went to the cave of Mount Thaur, where they had stayed [before migration to Madinah]. When they reached the cave, first of all Abu Bakr entered there and checked all the holes with the help of his finger, lest any of them had a poisonous reptile or worm.

When the Quraish came to know that they had disappeared they started to search for them. They declared a reward of one hundred she-camels to arrest them. They searched all the mountains in Mecca. When they came to the mount in which they hid them, Abu Bakr informed the Messenger of Allah about the person who was just at the mouth of the cave. He said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! He will see us!’ The Holy Prophet said, ‘Not at all! The angels will hide us with their wings!’ That man sat down at the mouth of the cave to urinate. The Messenger of Allah told Abu Bakr, ‘If he saw us, he [would] not urinate in this manner.’

The Journey from the Cave to Madinah:

Afterwards [ie. after three days] both of them came out of the cave and travelled through the route of sea-shore. Abu Bakr ordinarily was in front of the Holy Prophet but whenever he sensed some danger in the back, he came in the back. He did so all the way. Abu Bakr was well known among the people: Whenever somebody met him in the way and asked about the Holy Prophet, he told him that the Holy Prophet guides him in the way and by ‘the way,’ he [Abu Bakr] meant the religion; but that person considered him [the Prophet] as a guide [due to the peculiar words of Abu Bakr.]

Some people talked with each other during the Caliphate of Umar [raadi Allahu ‘anhu] and considered him more excellent than Abu Bakr. Umar was informed about that. On hearing that he remarked, “By Allah, one night of Abu Bakr is better than all the life of Umar’s family; and one day of Abu Bakr is better than all the life of Umar’s family. The day which is better than the life of Umar’s family is the day when the Messenger of Allah went to the Cave with Abu Bakr.

At the time, Abu Bakr was walking for some distance in front of him and for some distance toward his back. When the Messenger of Allah realized that he asked, ‘O Abu Bakr! What has happened to you? Sometime you walk in front of me, while sometime you walk behind me.’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘O Messenger of Allah! When I think about the people who are searching for you, I walk in front of you, but when I think about those who are lying in wait for you [to assassinate you], I start walking behind you.’

The Holy Prophet said, ‘O Abu Bakr! Do you prefer yourself over me to face any incident that may occur!’ Abu Bakr replied, ‘By the One who has sent you with the Truth, it is a fact.’

Afterwards when they reached the cave, Abu Bakr requested, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Please stay outside for a while so that I would clean it for you.’ Then he entered the cave and cleaned it. When he came out of that he remembered that one of the holes was not checked and cleaned. Therefore he again requested, ‘Please again stay outside for a little while. Let me clean it.’ He again entered the cave and cleaned that. Then he said, ‘O Messenger of Allah. Please enter now.’ Then the Holy Prophet entered the cave and said, ‘I swear by the One who hold my life in His Hand, this night of Abu Bakr is more excellent and virtous than the life of Umar’s family.’ **

may Allah unite us in al firdous with both of them.. ameen

* transmitted by ibn ishaaq.

** transmitted by Baihaqi on the authority of ibn Sirin, as given in al Bidayah, volume 3 page 180. Also transmitted by Hakim as given in Muntakhab Kanzul Ummal, volume 4 page 348. Al bghwi has also transmitted it on the authority of Ibn Malikah in a mursal hadith. Ibn Katheer says, ‘This mursal hadith is good and acceptable, as given in Kanzul Ummal volume 3 page 335.’

• loyalty • of • the • ansaar •

February 2, 2009

In the hadeeth of Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) which describes the digging of the ditch (al-khandaq). Anas said:

When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw how exhausted and hungry we were, he said (in verse):

“O Allaah, there is no life except the life of the Hereafter, so forgive the Ansaar and the Muhaajireen.”

And they said in response:

“We are the ones who have pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to make jihaad for as long as we live.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3/1043)

• ibraaheem •

December 14, 2008

Then when the fear subsided from Ibraheem, and the glad tidings reached him, he began to debate with Us for the people of Loot. Verily, Ibraheem was without doubt, Haleem, Awaah and Muneeb. [Hood: 74]

Al Baghawee stated: The majority of the scholars of Tafseer said: Meaning he debated Our angels…

Ibn Katheer stated: Allaah the elevated informs us of His Khaleel – Ibraheem, may peace be upon him, when his fear of the angels subsided, because they did not eat, they gave him the glad tidings of a son, they then informed him about the destruction of the people of Loot. He said, as was narrated by Sa’eed ibn Jubayr concerning this verse: “When Jibreel and those with him came to Ibraheem they said:

Verily, we are going to destroy the people of this [Loot’s] town (i.e. the town of Sodom in Palestine); truly, its people have been Dhalimoon

. [Al ‘Ankaboot: 31]

He said to them: “Would you destroy a town that has 300 believers?”

They replied: “No.”
He then said to them: “Would you destroy a town that has 200 believers?”
They replied: “No.”
He said: “Would you destroy a town that has 40 believers?”
They replied: “No.”
He continued until he reached 5 believers.
He said: “If there were only one believer in it, would you destroy it?”
They replied: “No.”
He said:

“Indeed, Loot is in it.’ They said: ‘We know better who is there. We will indeed save him and his family – except his wife…” [Al ‘Ankaboot: 32]

So he was silent, his soul at rest.
Qataadah and others conveyed a similar narration, Ibn Ishaaq added:
[Ibraheem said:] “If there were only one believer in it, would you destroy it?” They replied: “No.”
He said: “Since Loot is amongst them, this should repel the torment from them.”
They said:

‘We know better who is there. We will indeed save him and his family – except his wife…”

As Sa’dee mentions:

Verily, Ibraheem was without doubt, Haleem, Awwaah and Muneeb.

Meaning; he had beautiful manners, an expansive heart, does not anger when the ignorant behave ignorantly. Awwaah Meaning; he humbles himself to Allaah at all times. Muneeb Meaning; ever returning to Allaah with his knowledge of Him and love for Him, he turns to him, turns away from everything other than Him, this is why he debated on behalf of those that Allaah decreed to be destroyed.

Compiled from the following books of Tafseer:
Tafseer al Baghawee
Tafseer as Sa’dee and
Tafseer ibn Katheer

• real • reality • tv •

November 14, 2008

• praying • before • intercourse • with • the • wife • 

November 2, 2008

What is the ruling on praying two Rak’ahs before having sexual intercourse on the wedding night?


Some of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, prayed two Rak’ahs before having sexual intercourse with their wives on the first night. But I know of no authentic Sunnah from the Messenger of Allah – Sallallahu alaihi wasallam- regarding this. The Sunnah is to touch the women on the forehead and ask Allah for her goodness and the goodness of that she brings to him, and to seek refuge with Allah from her evil and the evil of what is ordained for him. And if he fears in this case that the woman will run away from him, he should touch her forehead, as if he wants to draw close to her and kiss her, then supplicate to Allah with supplication in secret, so that she does not hear it, because some women might imagine something (bad) if she heard her husband saying: I seek refuge with You from her evil and the evil of what is ordained for him, and say: Is there evil in me?

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Page no. 178 Vol: 5

• benefit • of • the • day • magazine •

September 1, 2008

Ramadaan 1429


• love • of • Allaah •

August 7, 2008

People have discussed about mahabbah (love of Allaah); its causes and what brings it about, its signs, its fruits, and its rulings. The most comprehensive saying about this is what Abu Bakr al-Kattaanee (d.322H) relates about al-Junayd (d.297H).

Abu Bakr al-Kattaanee (d.322H) said: “A discussion about mahabbah took place in Makkah during the Pilgrimage month. The Shaykhs who were present spoke about this matter, and al-Junayd was the youngest of them. They said to him: ‘O ‘Iraqi, what do you have to say?’ So he bowed his head and tears were flowing from his eyes, then he said:

‘A servant should overcome his soul;

And be continuous in the remembrance of his Lord;

Establishing the rights of his Lord;

Focusing upon Him with his heart;

The light of fear letting ablaze his heart;

Whilst drinking from the vessel of true love;

And certain realities become unveiled for him.

So when he talks, it is due to Allaah.

When he speaks, it is from Allaah.

When he moves, it is by the Command of Allaah.

And when he is serene, then it is from Allaah.

He belongs to Allaah, is for Allaah, and is with Allaah.’

So the Shaykhs started to weep and said: ‘How can that be increased upon. May Allaah reward you with good, O crown of the knowledgeable o­nes!’.”

Taken from: Madaarij-us-Saalikeen, 3/9 (Imaam ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)

• three • things • that • cause • firm • love •

July 28, 2008

ثلاث يثبتن لك الود في صدر أخيك أن تبدأه بالسلام و توسع له في المجلس و تدعوه بأحب الأسماء إليه

Three things will firmly place love in your brother’s chest (for you): that you be the first to give (him) Salaams, that you make a space for him in a seated gathering, and that you call on him with the best of names.

‘Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him)

• to • the • one • who • has • a • heart •

June 28, 2008

a heart-wrenching video made to a khutbah of shaykh khaalid ar-raashid, may Allah free him, on the terror of the Day of Judgment..

watch if you dare